The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (1871)

owl.jpgI’m not a huge poetry fan — most likely a glitch in my DNA.  But there are a few poems that absolutely delight me.  The Owl and the Pussycat is one of them.  Especially in the board book format, illustrated by Jan Brett.

I remember Jim Trelease (author of the beloved Read-aloud Handbook) saying that he liked reading both poetry and nursery rhymes to children because it exposes them to such wonderful vocabulary.  That was an idea that I, as a young inexperienced mother, had not considered.  The Owl and the Pussycat contains fantastic vocabulary!  (If you’re like me, you’ll be googling “runcible spoon”!)

I love the fantastical story of a owl and cat falling in love and running away to get married.  It’s still a charming short poem nearly 150 years after it was first published.

Do I love the usual baby board books like Goodnight, Moon?  Of course.  I’ve given away a couple dozen copies as baby gifts.  But somehow The Owl and the Pussycat charms me in a way few other board books do.

I hope you and your little ones enjoy it too!

Toddler Age, 36 pages, Board Book published in 1997.

About kidsbooksworthreading

Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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